Published on : Monday, August 19, 2019
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to lead the Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20 at the park. This will also be the day when the park is opened to the public.
“This (World Tourism Day) event can be a rehearsal for the main event,” said Tourism CS Najib Balala.
Balala urged for patience from Mombasa residents, saying that the park will offer services of international standards.
“For now, this place is out of bounds. Be patient. Give us time,” Balala added.
The Sh460 million project is built on 26 acres of land, and was supposed to be handed over to the government by the contractor, Suhufi Agencies, on August 15. However, that did not happen, but Balala affirmed that most of the works are now complete.
He said that the project will now be handed over to the National Celebrations Steering Committee three weeks before Mashujaa Day.
“The promenade, the pigeon towers, the gates and the ablution block are ready. We have been receiving all the projects in the original design,” Balala said.
The waterfront park will have a capability of 35,000 people, with the Presidential Square and adjacent area accommodating at least 2,500 people.
Balala said that the government will form a management board to oversee the maintenance of the park.